|Looking quite nice, I think. This series of rows will|
divide the upper portion of the shawl -- with the chevrons --
from the lower portion which is design to be quite
open and very lacey.
The instructions quite clearly state how many stitches I should have on my needle, but did I count them? No, no, and what part of "no" do you not understand. I can't be bothered with counting.
Thus, I launch myself into Chart C, the lacey part of the shawl. I knit about 10 rows of this 12 row chart (yikes!) and when I look at my knitting it's not at all what the pattern says it should be. I've already had to adjust for 'not enuf stitches cuz I didn't take time to count.'
Now I'm faced with a major decision. Here are my options --
a. I can continue to knit using the stitch pattern I've been using, knowing it is wrong and doesn't look like I want it to look OR
b. I can 'un-knit' back to the last set of eyelets in the transition pattern and begin anew.
Yikes! Naturally I choose option b above. Well, perhaps 'naturally' is too strong a word. I'm fairly sure there's only a few thousand other crazy obsessed knitters who would insist that the shawl be knitted using the pattern stitches given.
Now what? It's too many rows to un-knit stitch by stitch so -- Horrors! -- I remove the needle and unravel carefully, very carefully.
After the unraveling I now have to put each and every stitch back onto a needle. I use a combination of methods. I thread a small tapestry needle with a length of crochet thread and use this to anchor some of the stitches. Then I insert the knitting needle into each stitch anchored by the crochet thread.
But I'm impatient (surprise?) and so I decide to unravel and put stitches back onto the needle, one stitch at a time. There are supposed to be over 100 stitches in each of the three sections, so I'm facing a tedious job.
|The green knitting needle is carefully re-inserted into each|
stitch held by the bit of green crochet thread.
(We're not knitting, have you noticed?)
When all the stitches have been carefully returned to a knitting needle, I decide I just might have to count the stitches. I re-read the pattern at least 5 times; I count my stitches; I review my work.
Yikes! I have only 104 of the required 118 stitches. Clearly I have not repeated a chart 'one more time.' But I'm not going back again.
The new (and final) chart calls for a 6 stitch repeat. 104 / 6 is 17 with 2 stitches remaining. I distribute them evenly, with one at each end of the section and return to knitting.
|I've reached the end of section 1, with the correct number of|
leftover stitches (1), after having completed 17 of the
Still have not discovered where I went wrong, to have only 104 stitches where I was supposed to have 118. Relish the mystery!